How to Free Download Canva as PowerPoint

Canva is a popular graphic design platform that makes it easy for anyone to create professional-looking designs, including presentations. With Canva’s drag-and-drop interface and huge library of templates, fonts, images, and design elements, you can quickly put together sleek, modern, and visually-appealing slides for your next presentation.

While you can present directly from Canva, you may want to download your Canva presentation as a PowerPoint file for additional flexibility in editing and presenting. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to save your Canva presentation as a PowerPoint presentation that you can freely download and use.

Step 1: Open Your Canva Presentation

First, log in to your Canva account and open the presentation you have created and would like to download as a PowerPoint file. Make sure you have finished designing all the slides for your presentation in Canva before exporting to PowerPoint.

Step 2: Click on the “Share” Button

In the top right corner of your screen, click on the “Share” button next to the account profile icon. This will open up a dropdown menu with sharing and export options.

Step 3: Select “Export”

In the dropdown menu, click on “Export” to open the export settings popup.

Step 4: Choose “Microsoft PowerPoint”

In the export settings popup, you will see a list of file format options you can export your Canva presentation to. Choose the “Microsoft PowerPoint” option to download as a PowerPoint presentation.

Step 5: Select Slides to Download

You can then select whether you want to download all the slides or only specific slides from your presentation to export to PowerPoint. By default, all slides will be selected. Uncheck any slides you do not need in your PowerPoint presentation.

Step 6: Confirm Settings and Download

Once you have chosen the slides to export, click the purple “Done” button to confirm your export settings. Then click the purple “Download” button to start the PowerPoint download.

Step 7: Save the PowerPoint File

When prompted, choose a name and save location for your PowerPoint presentation file on your computer. The file will download with a .pptx file extension.

And that’s it! You have successfully downloaded your Canva presentation as a PowerPoint file that you can freely edit and present from PowerPoint.

Tips for Creating Presentations in Canva

Here are some top tips to create polished, professional presentations in Canva that will look great when exported to PowerPoint:

Use Canva presentation templates

Take advantage of Canva’s beautifully designed presentation templates to give your slides a cohesive and modern look with just a few clicks.

Be consistent with fonts and colors

Choose one or two fonts and consistent colors for your presentation. Too many different fonts and colors can make slides look disjointed.

Focus on visual appeal

Good visual design makes presentations more engaging and memorable. Use high-quality photos, illustrations, icons, charts and graphics to make an impact.

Design for on-brand style

Match Canva’s design options to your brand colors and style for a professionally branded presentation.

Use slide transitions and animations judiciously

While animations can add flair, too many can be distracting. Use selectively to emphasize important points.

Add videos for engagement

Insert videos to increase audience engagement and bring your presentation to life.

By following these tips, you can create stunning Canva presentations that will retain their visual appeal when exported and opened in PowerPoint.

Common Issues with Canva to PowerPoint Conversion

When you convert a Canva presentation to PowerPoint, there are a few common issues that may occur:

1. Formatting changes

Text and object formatting may shift slightly, including font sizes, positioning, and alignment of shapes. Some custom fonts used in Canva may not translate perfectly to PowerPoint.

2. Loss of transitions and animations

Any transitions, animations or other motion effects added in your Canva presentation will not be retained when exported to PowerPoint. You’ll need to re-add them manually on the PowerPoint slides.

3. Embedded videos do not play

If you embedded videos into Canva presentation slides, they will not play when opened in PowerPoint. You will need to re-add video files into the PowerPoint document.

4. Image quality loss

There can occasionally be a minor reduction in image quality when exporting from Canva to PowerPoint. This is usually negligible, but slight pixelation may be noticed under some conditions on high resolution images.

To avoid any major formatting, animation or image quality issues, keep your Canva presentation design reasonably simple before exporting to PowerPoint. Then plan to smooth over any small conversion imperfections manually within PowerPoint after downloading.

Presenting From Canva vs PowerPoint

You have the option to present your slides directly from your Canva account, without needing to download as a PowerPoint file. Here’s a comparison of presenting from Canva vs PowerPoint:


  • Easy sharing and presenting online
  • Great templates and design features
  • Collaborate in real-time
  • Option to enable audience Q&A


  • More animation and transition effects
  • Better presenter view
  • Ability to embed videos
  • Record presentations with narration
  • Add presenter notes
  • More editing flexibility

If you want to take full advantage of animations, videos, and other advanced presentation features, downloading your Canva slides into PowerPoint is recommended.

But presenting directly from Canva can be a quick and convenient option for basic presentations when advanced features are not needed. Its real-time collaboration abilities also make Canva great for co-presenting live with a remote team.

More Tips for Working Between Canva and PowerPoint

Canva and PowerPoint can work together to create professional, visually-compelling presentations:

  • Use Canva to quickly design polished slides with its templates, fonts, and graphics
  • Export your Canva presentation to PowerPoint for more control over animations, videos, narration, notes etc.
  • You can also import an existing PowerPoint presentation into Canva for a visual refresh. Just go to Canva’s homepage and drag-and-drop your PowerPoint file to import it.
  • If you made updates to your presentation in PowerPoint after exporting from Canva, you can re-import this new PowerPoint file back into Canva for further design tweaks if needed.

Integrating Canva and PowerPoint streamlines the presentation design process for beautiful, engaging slides. By downloading your Canva presentations as PowerPoint files, you get the best of both worlds!